Tasted in Beines with Françoise Michaut – mother of Adrien, wife of Bernard, 08 January 2021.
Françoise on 2019:
“Beine is quite well protected from the frost, so we managed 50 hl/ha – we can be happy with the result versus many parts of Chablis – some areas were more like 30 hl/ha. We started harvesting 11 September in 2019 versus 31 August in 2020! I think 2019 has a better balance, and so, possibly better wines than 2018. Easy fermentations, nothing like I experienced in 2018. We changed to yeast that ferments a little faster and I think that was a good idea.”
The domaine moved to HVE level 3 in 2020 – they also have the best tasting glasses – Zalto universals – okay, the Jancis Robinson glasses at Pinson are very good too, but I prefer a Zalto in the hand!
Gone is the extra ripeness of 2018 at this domaine – in their place wines that are classic and energetic – occasionally showing some oak which you will have to wait for – with a couple of properly great wines for their labels!
All DIAM5 since 2013 with some DIAM-style closures in 2019. The wines all have cuvée names on the back labels but not the main labels – it’s the first time that I noted it – so I include in the description this year:
Nice width of freshness, nice detail to the fine citrus below. Textured with a little tannin, plenty of concentration for the label but with plenty of energy to match. Lovely agrume finish. That’s a great PC – it could have a little more tension? There’s not much missing here.
2019 Chablis Le Guilleret
10% oak elevage here.
Fine freshness, clarity and depth. Wide, more clarity – a little more mouth-filling. The tannin still present but less visible. That’s also a very lovely wine – the flavour is very fine here. Excellent wine.
2019 Chablis Vieilles-Vignes l’Authentique
40-60-year-old vines, some of the oldest vines today in Beines. Vines from grandparents. Here with some (30%) barrel and demi-muids for elevage.
The nose has a clear frame of creamy oak, but the core is mineral. A wine that combines super texture and width, the creamy accent of the nose is here too but this rolls wonderfully well over the palate. Give it two years.
Also with 30% barrel elevage – but it’s much less present on the nose – in fact, it’s practically absent already. That’s super in the mouth, fresh, mineral, mouth-filling, pure Chablis with a vibration minerality. That’s a super wine this vintage – Bravo!
2019 Chablis 1er Beauroy
More depth of fresh aroma – a little more golden, riper but nothing rich or fat – that’s very nice. A touch more richness to this wine – still mineral, mouthwatering and with fine energy. But certainly different – the Vau Lignau is my faourite today, but in the absence of that, this is a great drink! Delicious wine.